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FEB. ’24: Theo-Geo: expanding biblical understanding with place names

Biblical place names can often expand our understanding of Scripture. This session by Mark Cygan covered multiple geospatial resources available for your study beyond your trusty Bible Atlas and envisioned how we can Geo-enable scripture to gain deeper insights.In the last part of the sessions part participants ask questions and also discuss and share several sources for biblical Geo information.

JAN. ’24: EMPATHY Mapping: a tool to serve People better

This session introduced empathy mapping for GIS professionals, emphasizing its role in improving user experience in GIS projects. We’ll examine key empathy mapping questions, highlighting their importance in developing user-focused GIS applications.

Questions for Empathy Mapping entail: What does the user see? What does the user hear? What does the user think and feel?  and What are the user’s pains and gains?


DEC. ’23: Mapping the World’s Languages

Unlock the Power of GIS in Missionary Work and Beyond: In this captivating YouTube presentation, Matt Benjamin embarks on a fascinating exploration of SIL International’s GIS team’s innovative journey. From the early days of utilizing Global Mapping International (GMI) tools to the cutting-edge transition to ArcPro, viewers are taken on a historical dive that highlights the evolution of GIS technology in support of missionary and language preservation projects.

NOV. ’23: Geographic information systems in education

Join Geographer and Esri Education Manager Joseph Kerski as we discuss why and how GIS is being taught around the world, and future prospects of GIS in primary, secondary, informal, and higher education. Embedded in the discussion will be demonstrations of hands-on activities with students, teaching strategies, why GIS education matters, and how you can connect to the education community.


In the past six months since my arrival at MAF-US, we have implemented a wide variety of GIS solutions to MAF’s staff. Given MAF-US non-profit status, we have highly leveraged Esri’s very generous non-profit program software package. This software has included ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Pro, Drone2Map, Collector, and Survey123.

SEP. ’23: The Practice of Virtue Driven GIScience| Christians in GIS

Ethics in GIS has become a hot topic in recent years. From conversations guided by EthicalGEO to the American Association of Geographer’s initiatives to implement locational data ethics in the classroom to conferences such as AutoCarto2022’s focused theme Ethics in Mapping: Integrity, Inclusion, and Empathy, GIS practitioners can hardly miss some touch point on ethics.

JUN. ’23: The Butterfly effect and arcmap

We will follow a project which began as helping someone at Global Recordings Network, a missions organization, learn ArcMap. The project grew from this to creating an interactive map on the internet for the organization. Most of the webinar will be demonstrating the map and seeing how Leaflet and Enterprise ArcGIS Server were used to create the map.

MAY. ’23: The Coalition of the Willing

The story of how a group of church planters desiring to plant churches in every village and neighborhood are coming together around shared geographic data to strategically plant churches where there is no church.

MAR. ’23: Spirit Lead Technology

We are all taught that modern tools empower us to manage with insight and innovation in our efforts to make the world a better place, and for faith-based initiatives to produce great outcomes for God’s Kingdom. Yet… we also believe Jesus is Lord over all. Pete will review how that conflict came to a head for him (a high-end numbers guy), how that has worked out in the past, present, and practical examples of how you can move toward a future of radically God-driven perspective in your own work. We’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A in this workshop.

FEB. ’23: Using GIS to Measure the Social Impact of Christian Missions

What kind of impact have missionaries made on the world? Have they harmed the world by merely exporting western values, or have they improved the world? Robert Woodberry addressed these questions and more: by examining historical patterns and statistics between 1820 and 1920, he explains how missionaries have influenced healthcare, education, printing, social reform, economic development, and democracy.

JAN. ’23: New Tech for Bible Understanding & TranslatioN

How do maps and GIS data help pastors, scholars, and others better understand the biblical text? What new linguistic and AI technologies are being applied to accelerate Bible translation for the thousands of languages without a complete Bible? This presentation will demonstrate some tools in Logos Bible Software, and then turn to the tools that Clear Bible is building today to help eradicate Bible poverty.


NOV. ’22: Mapping & mitigating systemic racism

Ken Howard shared how FaithX uses ArcGIS and StoryMap technology to help congregation and judicatories identify and explore the origins of structural racism in their communities, how it specifically impacts their own neighborhood and faith community, and how they can develop effective interventions that displace the false US/THEM narrative of racism with a true and more powerful ALL US narrative.



This webinar features Chris Jansen who shares about his background and ways World Vision is using GIS. One use is showing assets of a large organization.

Chris gave some good examples of story maps. Here is one.


This webinar featured Michael Bishopp sharing how Samaritan’s Purse uses GIS.


Mike Waid describes iShare System which maps number of churches by admin areas around world.


Leslie Zolman shares about her GIS work with American Leprosy Mission.

Leslie passed away in 2022.


Drake Sprague missionary with ALTECO living in Panama talks about his work mapping people groups in South America.